Researcher Training Calendar

Research skills and training are an important part of developing as a researcher. The Researcher Development Guide includes our programs and workshop offerings up to end June 2023. Please use this document to help you plan your development in 2023.


Date Session Details & Registration
30th Nov 2022 Editing and Proofreading
Editing focuses on improving the 'big picture' of your work. It is how you ensure you have fully addressed the task requirements and involves making structural changes to your writing and checking the logic and flow. Proofreading focuses on specific details like spelling, sentence structure, and referencing. Adherence to the processes of continuous editing and final, meticulous proofreading optimizes the chance of refining your own work and improving your writing skills. This workshop offers guidance and practice in both these important aspects of successful research writing and offers practical tips on how you can develop necessary skills and techniques to edit and proofread your own work.  30/11/22, 90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST.  Presenter - Tabitha Merrell
1st Dec 2022 Shut Up & Write (live link)
Shut Up & Write sessions are held regularly on-line to help you focus your writing efforts in a supportive small group. These sessions: help your research writing to be more focused, efficient and effective; protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing, away from distractions; build a sense of community around your writing; and, help overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  Each Monday 10-12, Thursday 10-12, and Saturday 2-5pm.  No need to register, just pop this link as a reminder into your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
1st Dec 2022 Researcher Development Virtual Roadshow: What's Hot in 2023! (live-link)
Join the Researcher Development Team for a lunch time extravaganza! We'll share with you our plans for delivering our best year yet – find out what’s in it for you, and your team. New and favourite programs, workshops, services, amazing presenters, the 2023 Graduate Research Conference, 3MT and more! For our entire Research Community - Researchers, Supervisors, Academics, Graduate Research Candidates and staff.  01/12/22, 60 mins, 1230-13330 AEST.  Save this live link to your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/66226323558?pwd=NWZjcSs1ODFWd2lDQjNMZ08xWStyZz09
5th Dec 2022 Writing Bootcamp (live link)
A welcoming writing group for anyone who wishes to allocate specific writing time, in a supportive 'on-line' group environment.  Participants say they find these meetings useful to:  make research writing more focused, efficient or effective; protect or allocate specific time for research writing; creating an obligatory practice, away from distractions and in a supportive group; build a sense of community around writing; to help overcome procrastination and increase motivation.  See you there.  (Monthly, 1000-1600 AEST)
7th Dec 2022 Ready to publish: Choosing where to publish
Almost ready to publish and want to know how to choose the best option for you and your work?  We will show you tips, tricks and resources, including metrics and how to identify reputable publishers. (60 minutes, 1400-1500 AEST). Presenters - Library Services.
8th Dec 2022 Researcher Development Virtual Roadshow: What's Hot in 2023! (live-link)
Join the Researcher Development Team for a lunch time extravaganza! We'll share with you our plans for delivering our best year yet – find out what’s in it for you, and your team. New and favourite programs, workshops, services, amazing presenters, the 2023 Graduate Research Conference, 3MT and more! For our entire Research Community - Researchers, Supervisors, Academics, Graduate Research Candidates and staff.  08/12/22, 60 mins, 1230-13330 AEST.  Save this live link to your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/68918830653?pwd=aEZFWXNzdDVweXlhSW85WHRrUW16Zz09
8th Dec 2022 Ready to publish: What about Open Access?
Want to consider using an Open Access option for your publishing?  We will show you how to locate what is available, explain Open Access and what it is and how to identify reputable publishers, with added information on sharing resources.  (60 minutes, 1400-1500 AEST). Presented by - Library Services.
13th Dec 2022 Presenting Research Metrics for Grants and Promotion
Are you looking to complete a grant application or application for promotion and want information about how to present your research impact? This session will show you how. Learn more about engaging with metrics to get the best possible outcome for your grant application or promotion.  60 mins, 1400-1500 AEST.  Presenter -  Division of Library Services.
15th Dec 2022 Finding a Non-academic job
Many people spend years preparing for an academic career and then decide to take another path after their PhD. However, getting a job outside academia when you finish a PhD can be a challenge.  This one day intensive workshop will help you identify opportunities and prepare for the job market. We will start by identifying possible career destinations and what you have to offer. We will then spend time preparing your career collateral (specifically resumes and the text for sites like Linkedin) and learn how to write a great cover letter. By the end of this workshop you will have developed a set of materials you can use on any job search.  15-12-22.  1000-1600 AEST.  Presenter - Professor Inger Mewburn, ANU.
15th Dec 2022 Authorship and Copyright for a Thesis and other publications
Are you planning to include journal articles that you have written during your candidature, in your thesis? Are you planning to publish further works from your thesis?  This information session will support you to apply the appropriate copyright, Intellectual Property, Open Access and Creative Commons guidelines to your research outputs.  60 mins, 1400-1500 AEST.  Presenter - Division of Library Services
2nd Feb 2023 The Big Picture on Data Analysis and Choice of Statistical Software
This session looks at some interesting questions about statistical data, treatment of raw data, qualitative vs quantitative analysis, why statistical data analysis is unique and more. This session may help you decide which statistical software would best suit your analysis. (02/02/23, 2 hours, 1030-1230 AEST). Presented by John Xie, QCU.
7th Feb 2023 Manage your energy, not your time
Feel engaged, satisfied, enhance productivity and performance with presence. Be inspired in this engaging workshop to embody a balanced lifestyle, with a sense of purpose and presence. Learn techniques to enhance feelings of freedom, appreciation and joy, which overcome feelings of fear and worry, unworthiness and dissatisfaction. Participants will leave this session with increased self-worth and a renewed sense of inspiration, positively affecting their lives, both at work and home.  In this interactive session, key takeaways include:  master mindfulness for productivity and mental well-being; understand how stress affects our health and body; learn how to manage time and work-life balance by prioritising our energy; implement self-care strategies and healthy habits. 07/02/23, 60 mins. 1200-1300 AEST. Presenter: Dana Mrkich, Holistic Services Group.
8th Feb 2023 Ethics Café
Ethics applications can be complicated! The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) are facilitating open sessions where they will work through the application process, what should be included in the research proposal and will address common areas of concern and error. It's a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the requirements and to receive good advice, with the aim being to hopefully avoid any need to resubmit.  These sessions are open to Researchers, Academics and students who will be submitting an application for research involving human ethics.  Presented by HREC. (08/02/22, 60 mins, 1030-1130 AEST).
9th Feb 2023 R Tutorial Series 1 - Introduction and overview of R for data analysis
The R Tutorial Series, are 10 workshops offered over the year, designed to build your skills progressively.  Unit 1 will cover some essential R functions such as setting up the working directory path, R help functions, input and output functions, and some descriptive and graphical analysis examples using prepared material. You will also receive access to resources including an overview of R, how to install R on your computer, example R codes, all data files needed for executing the example R codes and the electronic copy of “the R book”, a good general reference for performing statistical data analysis using R. For people who may want to use RStudio as the user interface, there are a couple of files for your information as well.  09/02/22, 2 hrs 15 mins, 1000-1215 AEST.  Presenter - John Xie, QCU
13th Feb 2023 Supervisor Series, Module 1. Introduction, overview and first session of enrolment
This module introduces supervisors to supervision and asks them to reflect on their own experiences and approaches to supervision and provides an overview of supervision at Charles Sturt University and the wider context of doctoral programmes. The module also looks at candidate recruitment from optimising your supervisory profile to identifying the characteristics of a 'successful' candidate and how best to meet applicant needs and expectations.  Supervisors will also need to complete an I2 self-study unit/s as part of the workshop. Please refer to https://research.csu.edu.au/supervision/professional-development for more information and how to access these.  (13/02/23, 3hrs, 1000-1300 (AEST)  Presenter - Emmaline Lear.
14th Feb 2023 Supervisor Series, Module 2. Researcher cultures & environments
This module considers the key features of research cultures and how they support the development of positive work environments. This module also encourages research supervisors to examine their own supervisory practices in supporting candidates to engage with the wider research environment, build networks and foster collaborations and personal experience of supervision with a view to informing and framing the working relationship with their doctoral candidate. While this module focuses on building relationships within the first six months, it also summarises the supervisors' roles and responsibilities in creating respectful and inclusive relationships with candidates and aligning expectations for productive working relationships.  Supervisors will also need to complete an I2 self-study unit/s as part of the workshop. Please refer to https://research.csu.edu.au/supervision/professional-development for more information and how to access these. (14/02/23, 3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST). Presenter - Emmaline Lear.
15th Feb 2023 Supervisor Series, Module 3. Planning & conducting research
This module examines the issues of diversity and inclusivity in the context of research supervision and preparing candidates to make informed judgements to ensure successful research projects and timely completion. In advises on the advantages of employing a project management approach to research in order to support candidates to research ethically and with integrity and how to work with your candidate to predict and respond proactively to potential risks and support needs. The second part of this module addresses a number of common issues that supervisors might encounter during candidature and offers valuable advice about how to respond to those issues effectively. Issues discussed include aligning expectations, motivating candidates who are procrastinating, and dealing with plagiarism, among others. This unit also offers valuable advice about responding to candidates with mental health issues.  Supervisors will also need to complete an I2 self-study unit/s as part of the workshop. Please refer to https://research.csu.edu.au/supervision/professional-development for more information and how to access these. (15/02/22, 3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST). Presenter - Emmaline Lear.
16th Feb 2023 Supervisor Series, Module 4. Developing the researcher
This module develops your ability to assist your candidates to analyse their training needs and plan their professional and personal development. It develops understanding how writing expertise develops and recognises the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of feedback while encouraging you to select appropriate methodologies for developing candidates writing. Supervisors will also need to complete an I2 self-study unit/s as part of the workshop. Please refer to https://research.csu.edu.au/supervision/professional-development for more information and how to access these. (16/02/23, 3 hours, 1000-1200 AEST).  Presenter - Emmaline Lear.
17th Feb 2023 Supervisor Series, Module 5. Preparing for completion & examination
Module 5 addresses the stage of the doctoral process which is often the most fraught for both candidate and supervisor alike. This module explores key issues in the examination process to assist supervisors in working with candidates prior to, during, and following examination. It reviews institutional regulations and disciplinary norms regarding submission of the doctoral output and how supervisors Identify examiners, taking into account the research. This module explains the assessment process and the support needed in the periods prior to and following examination, particularly in completing revisions.  Supervisors will also need to complete an I2 self-study unit/s as part of the workshop. Please refer to https://research.csu.edu.au/supervision/professional-development for more information and how to access these. (17/02/23, 3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST). Presenter - Emmaline Lear.
21st Feb 2023 Email Writing Skills
Do you hesitate when writing emails? Sending emails is an important skill for research candidates.  Join this workshop to explore how to use email effectively and develop your skills to better make yourself understood in the academic context.  21/02/23, 90 minutes, 1000-1130 AEST.  Presenter - Tabitha Merrell.
22nd Feb 2023 How to make qualitative studies offer big contributions to knowledge
Qualitative research often gains strength from its focused, contextualised nature. However it is often hard to know who small-scale research can matter in big ways. We can’t just generalise through the back door – but we are expected to make significant contributions to knowledge. This workshop will introduce a framework, adapted from a means to critique qualitative research, that you can use to build wider significance into your qualitative study. This can be used at the initial design phase, but also late on when working on analysis and writing up (i.e.  it’s not too late to join this workshop if you’ve already collected all your data!)  22/02/23, 3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST. Presenter:  Professor Nick Hopwood is based at the University of Technology Sydney and has completed a number of published studies on research students’ learning and experiences, given keynotes at conferences on doctoral education, and is a regular facilitator of workshops on diverse aspects of research and academic work.
23rd Feb 2023 Graduate Research Candidate Induction
Welcome to new Graduate Research Candidates!  A variety of presenters from Research Services, Researcher Development, Graduate Studies, the Library, Ethics and Compliance and other guests will share essential information about what you need to know about getting started. Your responsibilities, expectations, probation and timelines, support services available to you, your supervisory team relationship, training and development opportunities available to you and much more. This session also forms part of your probationary requirements.  23/02/23, 3 hrs, 0930-1230 AEST.  Presenters - Various.
28th Feb 2023 Managing your Milestones
How can you use your time more effectively and productively to reach your milestones on time and achieve your research goals? This workshop looks at keys to productivity, and strategies for getting things done. We discuss the ideal timeline of your candidature and what can change and explore strategies for managing obstacles when they arrive.  This workshop will help build your confidence to meet your research milestones and better manage competing priorities. 28/02/23, 90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST.  Presenter - Tabitha Merrell.
1st Mar 2023 Mind/Idea Mapping
Mapping your ideas is a creative way to organise your thinking. Mapping techniques are used all over the world by students, teachers, researchers and in business as a way of improving learning and increasing creativity. They can be used to: organise the content and ideas in your thesis, structure a paper or report, prepare and write your lecture or presentation, or record brainstorming sessions. They are effective, easy to use and most of all FUN. In this workshop you will learn by doing, so bring along your ideas (and some coloured pencils)! You will get to try out different approaches, see what others do and get guidance and suggestions on how you can get the most out of idea maps. 01/03/23, 2hrs, 1000-1200 AEST.  Presenter - Hugh Kearns, IThinkwell.
2nd Mar 2023 Reading with Purpose
Academic reading requires you to actively engage with and critically think about the information you read. To do this you need practical strategies to help you read with purpose and frame how you interpret and use the information for your research study. Rather than reading passively, join this workshop to make reading easier -understand and practice pre-reading strategies, recognise your purpose for reading, understand the structure of the reading, ask questions, draw connections to existing knowledge, and effective note-taking. 02/03/23, 1000-1130 AEST, 90 mins. Presenter:  Tabitha Merrell.
2nd Mar 2023 Ethics Café
Completing an Ethics application can be complicated and many applicants miss details or make errors. The committee regularly requests additional information about areas of concern within applications and request resubmissions. The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) are facilitating open sessions where they will work through the application process, what should be included in the research proposal and will address common areas of concern. It’s a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the processes, ask questions and receive good advice, with the aim being to hopefully avoid any need to resubmit. These sessions are open to Researchers, Academics and students who will be submitting an application for research involving human ethics.  02/03/23, 60 mins, 1300-1400 AEST. Presented by - HREC.
7th Mar 2023 Reading Critically
Critical reading is an active way of reading. It allows deeper and more complex engagement with a text through a process of describing, analysing, interpreting and evaluating. This workshop will help you read critically and articulate critical views on the literature using reflexive techniques. We will discuss different modes of critical reading and how these differ across disciplines and research approaches.  07/03/23. 90mins, 1000-1130 AEST.  Presenter: Tabitha Merrell.
7th Mar 2023 R Tutorial Series 2 - Hypothesis test and simple regression/ANOVA models
In this second session of the R tutorial series, participants will be able to perform exploratory data analysis (EDA); a few often-used hypothesis tests; analyse simple linear regression and and one-way analysis of variance; to know the model assessment function AIC.   Recordings are available of previous series workshops.  07/03/23, 2 hrs 15 mins, 1000-1215 AEST.  Presenter:  John Xie, QCU.
8th Mar 2023 Overcoming Procrastination
Why do we procrastinate, even though we know it’s against our best interests? And how can we better manage ourselves to achieve the things we need to do? Together, we will explore some key reasons for procrastination, and discuss practical strategies for overcoming them and making progress. We will discuss opportunities to develop self-awareness and knowledge about becoming more productive and how to remove some of the obstacles to getting things done. 08/03/23, 2 hours. 1000-1200 AEST. Presenter: Dawn Tukuniu.
9th Mar 2023 Developing and sticking to writing goals and increasing productivity
Writing – particularly paper writing - is key to research success. But life as a researcher can seem endlessly busy, and writing often falls to the bottom of the to-do list. This workshop will help participants develop and adhere to effective writing goals and increase their productivity, using evidence-based strategies. Participants will:  Consider how strategic goal-setting and action planning can facilitate writing;  Establish an effective writing practice;  Acquire skills to deal with common writing challenges;  Learn techniques to manage in-box overload and other time-thieves in order to increase productivity;  Develop a writing community.   09/03/23, 2hrs, 1000-1200 AEST.  Presenter - Kylie Ball, Indago Academy.
9th Mar 2023 Research Data Management - File Organisation
Data Management involves organisation (backups, version control, bibliography management), administration (security, privacy), and sharing (archiving, publishing) of data.  This workshop provides an introduction to Data Management - what is big research data and why does it need to be managed. This workshop will help to address issues relating to data systems, file and folder naming best practices, and varying levels of complexity in versioning systems. Benefits of this workshop include identifying and describing specific actions to enhance data management and find it more approachable as a practice.  (09/03/22, 90mins, 1300-1430 AEST).  Presenter - Tabitha Merrell
14th Mar 2023 3MT Competition - What is it all about?
The idea is pretty simple: you have three minutes to explain your research and it's importance or relevance, with only a single static image or slide to illustrate what you’re talking about.  In this workshop we explore what the 3MT competition is all about. We share the coaching and training support available to you which will guide and help hone your presentation and the skills you need to create a winning presentation. Come along and find out what 3MT is all about.  14/03/23, 2 hrs, 1000-1200 AEST.  Presenters:  Emmaline Lear & Tabitha Merrell
15th Mar 2023 Critical Writing
One of the most important aspects of research and academic work is the ability to think critically about what you read, what you write and what you are told. A common mistake some writers make is to assume that everything they read is true. However, you need to form your own judgements, promote your argument and persuade your audience through your writing. This workshop covers key features of critical writing and presents practical strategies to improve your own planning and writing process. It discusses critical thinking as a tool for improved decision making and presentation of evidence for your argument to better persuade the audience. 15/03/23, 90mins,1300-1430 AEST.  Presenter: Tabitha Merrell.
15th Mar 2023 Planning Surveys and Designing Questionnaires: Part 2/3
This three part integrated workshop is designed to introduce you to the processes and steps involved in planning a survey and creating a questionnaire that effectively gathers the data you need to satisfy your research questions. Day 2: Different types and styles of questions; question sequencing;  questionnaire design.  15/03/23.  2 hrs, 1300-1500 AEST.  Presenter:  Gail Fuller, SPAN
16th Mar 2023 3MT Competition - Participants share their experience
Join previous participants from Charles Sturt University and hear about their experiences in preparing for and participating in the 3MT competition. You’ll have the opportunity to hear discussions as they reflect on the benefits of the competition, both personally and professionally. This session is a great opportunity to hear all about individual experiences, directly from ‘the horse’s mouth’ and ask the questions you've always wanted to know about 3MT.  16/03/23, 90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST.  Presenter:  Panel.
16th Mar 2023 Planning Surveys and Designing Questionnaires: Part 1/3
This three part integrated workshop is designed to introduce the processes and steps involved in planning a survey and creating a questionnaire that effectively gathers the data you need to satisfy your research questions. It will cover question and questionnaire design and type, population size, choice and how to connect, testing and redesign, data collection and storage, what works and what doesn't over the entire process, what support is available.  Day 1: Aims of the workshop; Terms and definitions; Planning a survey; Populations, sample sizes and frames; Modes of data collection.  16/03/23, 2hrs, 1300-1500 AEST).  Presenter - Gail Fuller, SPAN.  (You will need to register separately for parts 2 & 3.)
16th Mar 2023 Planning Surveys and Designing Questionnaires: Part 3/3
This three part integrated workshop is designed to introduce you to the processes and steps involved in planning a survey and creating a questionnaire that effectively gathers the data you need to satisfy your research questions.  Day 3: Using online surveys; How to test your survey; SPAN and using Survey-Monkey.  16/03/23, 2 hours, 1300-1500 AEST.  Presenter:  Gail Fuller.
21st Mar 2023 NVivo
NVivo helps you discover more from your qualitative and mixed methods data. Uncover richer insights and produce clearly articulated, defensible findings backed by rigorous evidence. You can: Import data from virtually any source; analyze data with advanced management, query, and visualization tools; ask complex questions of your data to identify themes and draw clear conclusions; create reports; and achieve more robust research results in less time.  This course works with a sample dataset, however you are encouraged to work with your own coded dataset if desired (literature or empirical data). If you don't yet have coded data this workshop will give you insight into what is possible when you reach that stage.  As this workshop moves you beyond basic coding with a range of queries to help identify patterns in data, if you are new to NVivo and as a prerequisite to this session, you are required to go through some pre-materials, a link to these is contained in the registration.  21/03/23, 3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST.  Limited to 15 participants.  Presenter: Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, Adroit Research.
21st Mar 2023 Analytical Writing
Analytical writing style involves reviewing what you have read in light of other evidence. Analytical writing shows the thought processes you went through to arrive at a given conclusion and discusses the implications of this. Learn in this workshop to develop your analytical writing skills to focus on answering questions like ‘Why?’ ‘How?’ and ‘So what?’. We will discuss the key language features of analytical writing to evaluate arguments, make reasoned judgements and draw conclusions needed for your own results and conclusion chapters.  21/03/23, 1300-1430 AEST, 90 mins.  Presenter: Tabitha Merrell.
22nd Mar 2023 Plain English writing for academics
A workshop highlighting the benefits of writing in plain English and avoiding academic jargon. Includes a list of useful resources for plain English writing. 22/03/23. 60 mins, 1000-1100 AEST). Presenter: Mark Filmer is Charles Sturt's research editor. He has edited hundreds of academic papers. He has a background in print journalism and is a published author.
22nd Mar 2023 Accessing ABS Data and other important Datasets
Gain practical knowledge regarding how to access ABS data and data from other important data sets and learn more about the support services available to you in this endeavour.   22/03/23, 90 mins, 1400-1530 AEST.  Presenter:  Gail Fuller, SPAN.
23rd Mar 2023 Graduate Research Candidate Induction
Welcome to new Graduate Research Candidates!  A variety of presenters from Research Services & Graduate Studies and Library will share essential information about what you need to know about getting started. Your responsibilities, expectations, probation and timelines, the support services available to you, your supervisory team relationship, the training and development opportunities available to you and more. This session also forms part of your probationary requirements.  23/03/23, 3 hrs, 0930-1230 AEST.  Presenters - Various.
23rd Mar 2023 3MT - Preparation, create a winning pitch
This workshop is for candidates who have entered the 3MT competition.  Having a concise ‘elevator pitch’ about your research and why it is important is useful when you are talking to your research community.  In this workshop we review previous 3MT winners, what sets them apart?  And we start to work on creating your own winning pitch. At the end of this workshop you will have the outline of an elevator speech and, probably, greater clarity on your thesis too.  23/03/23.  2.5 hours, 1000-1230 AEST.  Presenter - Peter Copeman, ANU.
28th Mar 2023 Project and Priority Management
For researchers at all levels who want to improve their organisational skills, record keeping, and efficiency. This workshop covers planning, implementing, managing, and documenting research projects; common traps and pitfalls; and general organisational and time management skills. 28/03/23, 2 hours. 1000-1200 AEST. Presenter: Gayle Smythe,  With Distinction.
28th Mar 2023 Resilience, Perseverance and Passion
We all face challenges in life. Our mindset determines whether we rise from the challenge and grow or whether we are overcome by it. Some people seem to naturally have a mindset that always promotes growth. The good news is that a Growth mindset can also be learned.  In this session, we explain the attitudes and strategies of those who “make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks”. Included in the discussion are:  Understanding what is needed to have stamina, passion and perseverance (‘grit’);  How to develop a conscientious growth mindset;  Coping strategies and mindfulness techniques that cultivate self- awareness and embody resilience;  The importance and role of a clear sense of purpose;  The role of vulnerability; and The foundations of courage and inner strength. 28/03/23, 60 mins. 1200-1300 AEST. Presenter: Holistic Services Group.
30th Mar 2023 Slow and steady: A sustainable approach to time pressure and time management
Research involves two very different experiences of time - fast and slow. Researchers are required to work quickly and produce high output (publications, conferences, grants). Yet this work is also expected to be high in quality and demonstrate wide reading, deep thinking and critical engagement. How can we reconcile the expectation to perform and advance with the reality of the slow and patient work that research requires?  This masterclass examines experiences of time in research culture, particularly in relation to time pressure, productivity anxiety and the pressure to achieve. How does working in a competitive, fast-paced environment impact how we do our work and see ourselves? How aware are we of these effects? Together, we explore your experiences of working in the university and discuss the benefits of, and practical strategies for, slowing down and working with greater awareness and focus.  30/03/23.  2.5 hrs. 1000-1230 AEST.  Presenter:  Michelle Jamieson, the Mindful Researcher.
30th Mar 2023 GIS & Spatial Analysis
Gain practical knowledge regarding GIS and Spatial Analysis and how these tools might be used in your research. Geographic Information Systems are computer based mapping and database systems, you can query tables and layers and perform analysis between and within all these forms of data. GIS allows you to make visual and analytical inferences that would be nearly impossible to interpret from plain tables. 30/03/23, 2hrs 1300-1500 AEST.  Presenter: Simon McDonald, SPAN.
30th Mar 2023 Data Visualisation
There are many ways to visualise and analyse research data.  Visualisations and mapping can reveal and highlight trends and patterns in data that may not have been otherwise obvious.  This session will demonstrate some techniques that have been used by the Spatial Data Analysis Network (SPAN) to help researchers  analyse, map and visualise their research data. 30/03/23, 90 mins, 1400-1530 AEST. Presenter:  Gail Fuller, SPAN.
4th Apr 2023 Present like a Pro
Learn how to give engaging presentations and avoid the infamous "death by PowerPoint", whether online or in-person.  This session is perfect for anyone who does, or plans to give presentations, and it's perfect timing both before DocFest23 (Graduate Research Conference) and 3MT.  04/04/23.  2hrs, 1000-1200 AEST.  Limited to 25 participants.  Presenter - Tullio Rossi,  Animate Your Science.
4th Apr 2023 Ethics Café
Completing an Ethics application can be complicated and many applicants miss details or make errors. The committee regularly requests additional information about areas of concern within applications and request resubmissions. The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) are facilitating open sessions where they will work through the application process, what should be included in the research proposal and will address common areas of concern. It’s a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the processes, ask questions and receive good advice, with the aim being to hopefully avoid any need to resubmit. These sessions are open to Researchers, Academics and students who will be submitting an application for research involving human ethics. 04/04/23. 60 mins, 1200-1300. Presented by: HREC.
5th Apr 2023 Excel, beginners
In this Excel workshop for beginners, participants will learn how to:  Describe Excel’s screen layout and navigate the screen easily; Make it easier to find and use Excel’s buttons and functions; Enter data and simple formulas; Navigate spreadsheets with mouse and keyboard shortcuts; Edit a spreadsheet: add and remove rows and columns, adjust widths, etc; Format a spreadsheet to make it look presentable; Create and edit simple charts and graphs; Change displays and freeze parts of spreadsheets; Print, email spreadsheets and charts, and output to PDF; Apply sorting and filtering techniques to view the data you want.  What You Receive During Online Session - all participants receive:  a PDF workbook of step-by-step instructions; Interactivity – you can ask and answer questions; Recording of the session for on-demand reviewing later; Support for your questions after the session; Copies of all example files for your own work.  Limited to 20 participants.  05/04/23, 3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST). Presented by Mark Mannering, CLASS.
5th Apr 2023 3MT - sharing and discussion
This workshop is entrants to the 3MT competition.  A short get-together to share and offer/provide support and advice on the 3MT journey.  05/04/23, 60 mins, 1400-1500 AEST.  Presenters:  Researcher Development Team and 3MT entrants.
6th Apr 2023 Writing a Research Proposal
The Research Proposal outlines the what, why and how of your research. As the first major milestone for Graduate Research Candidates the Research Proposal is important for convincing the research community that you understand the process of scholarly enquiry and that you have a project that is both viable and feasible. This session focuses on the purpose, structure, language and writing of a Research Proposal. We review past Research Proposals to better understand their purpose and key components and learn strategies for structuring and writing your own.  06/04/23, 90 mins, 1030-1200 AEST.  Presenter - Tabitha Merrell
12th Apr 2023 R Tutorial Series 3 - More hypothesis tests and advanced regression models
Participants will be able to perform some less often-used hypothesis tests; fit sample data with a selected probability distribution; analyse multiple linear regression and 2 or 3 way ANOVA & MANOVA models; analyse some generalised linear regression.  12/04/23. 2hrs 15 mins, 1000-1215 AEST.  Presenter - John Xie, QCU.
13th Apr 2023 3MT - Work in progress
This session is for 3MT participants. It's an opportunity for low-stakes presentations of work-in-progress pitches, with feedback both from the presenter and from each other, and from the Researcher Development Team.  13/04/23, 2.5 hrs, 1330 - 1600 AEST. Presenter - Peter Copeman, ANU.
14th Apr 2023 How to write an abstract
An abstract is a concise summary of a research paper or entire thesis. It briefly highlights the key content areas of all the parts of your research study. Although it is placed at the beginning of your paper, the abstract should be the last thing that you write, once you are sure of the conclusions you will reach.  In this workshop, we will review the structures and purposes of different abstract styles. You will have the opportunity to refine an abstract which you are currently working on using a reflective process of guided practice and feedback. All participants are encouraged to bring a draft abstract to participate in this workshop session. 13/04/23, 2hrs, 1000-1200 AEST.  Presenter - Tabitha Merrell.
18th Apr 2023 Graduate Research Candidate Induction
Welcome to new Graduate Research Candidates!  A variety of presenters from Research Services & Graduate Studies and Library will share essential information about what you need to know about getting started. Your responsibilities, expectations, probation and timelines, the support services available to you, your supervisory team relationship, the training and development opportunities available to you and more. This session also forms part of your probationary requirements.  18/04/23.  3 hrs, 0930-1230 AEST.  Presenters - Various.
18th Apr 2023 Structuring Your Literature Review – Part 1 of 2
This 2-part workshop will provide an introduction to the purpose of the literature review and the key stages in developing your literature review structure. It covers a range of practical strategies for identifying the gap, organising and categorising ideas, and developing a suitable structure for your literature review chapter (or literature review section of your Research Proposal). We will review real examples of literature reviews: Please bring an example literature review from your own discipline to discuss. Participants need to register separately for each workshop. 18/04/2023, 90 mins, 1030-1200 AEST.  Presenter: Tabitha Merrell.
19th Apr 2023 My Research Career, Module 1 – Understanding the research landscape
The aims of this module are to: Explain the university's research landscape; Highlight the strategic issues, priorities, resources, and support to relevent researchers; Describe how to align personal and institutional research goals; Highlight good time and priority management skills.  The Research Career series is open to 15 participants by application.  Contact researcherdevelopment@csu.edu.au for more information.  19/04/23.  2 hrs, 1000-1200.  Presenters:  Gayle Smythe and Gary Luck, With Distinction.
20th Apr 2023 Structuring Your Literature Review – Part 2 of 2
This second part of the workshop will provide an introduction to the purpose of the literature review and the key stages in developing your literature review structure. It covers a range of practical strategies for identifying the gap, organising and categorising ideas, and developing a suitable structure for your literature review chapter (or literature review section of your Research Proposal). We will review real examples of literature reviews: Please bring an example literature review from your own discipline to discuss.  20/04/23, 90 mins, 1030-1200 AEST.  Presenter:  Tabitha Merrell.
26th Apr 2023 3MT - sharing and discussion
This workshop is entrants to the 3MT competition.  A short get-together to share, practice and offer/provide feedback on the presentations so far.  26/04/23, 90 mins, 1400-1500 AEST.  Presenters:  Researcher Development Team and 3MT entrants.
27th Apr 2023 Paraphrasing the Literature
Paraphrasing is important because it shows you understand the source well enough to write it in your own words. It also gives you a powerful alternative to using direct quotes, which should be used infrequently in a research study. This workshop offers strategies to evaluate sources and integrate them into your writing using your own words. We will discuss practical tips and resources to develop your voice in your writing while practicing your skills in paraphrasing and referencing techniques. This workshop is for research candidates particularly who are working on their literature review or discussion chapter, but other staff and students are welcome.  27/04/23, 90 mins, 1030-1200 AEST.  Presenter:  Tabitha Merrell.
2nd May 2023 Writing More Clearly (Part 1 of 3)
This is the first of a 3-part workshop. This 3-part workshop series will help you gain practical knowledge regarding the macro and micro skills of writing. Part 1 focuses on paragraph structure and provides practical examples to organise ideas and practice writing.  This workshop is provided for research candidates who are working on their introduction, literature review or discussion chapter, but other staff and students are welcome. You will need to register separately for each workshop.  02/05/23, 90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST.  Presenter - Tabitha Merrell.
3rd May 2023 Writing More Clearly (Part 2 of 3)
This is the second of a 3-part workshop. This series will help you gain practical knowledge regarding the macro and micro skills of writing.  Part 2 focuses on writing effective sentences and linking ideas within a paragraph to improve cohesion. This workshop provides practical examples to improve your writing and targets research candidates who are working on their introduction, literature review or discussion chapter, but other staff and students are welcome. You will need to register separately for each workshop.  03/05/23, 90 mins, 1300-1430 AEST. Presenter - Tabitha Merrell.
4th May 2023 Writing More Clearly (Part 3 of 3)
This is the third of a 3-part workshop. This series will help you gain practical knowledge regarding the macro and micro skills of writing.  Part 3 focuses on choosing the right words to improve clarity and meaning within a paragraph. This workshop provides practical examples to improve your writing and targets research candidates who are working on their introduction, literature review or discussion chapter, but other staff and students are welcome. 04/05/23, 90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST.  Presenter - Tabitha Merrell
9th May 2023 3MT - Rehearsals
This workshop is for candidates who have entered the 3MT competition.  A higher-stakes full “dress rehearsal” session not long before the actual competition date.  Participants have the opportunity to deliver their pitches as ready as they can get them, for final feedback and adjustment 09/05/23.  3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST.  Presenter - Peter Copeman, ANU.
9th May 2023 Academic Writing Style
Academic style is more than just a writing convention – it can also help you to think more logically and clearly as you work on your thesis and build your research argument. This workshop will help to understand the key features of academic writing and introduce language strategies to improve coherence in your writing to be more objective, formal and precise. If you need to understand how to identify, create and improve your academic style this workshop is for you. 09/05/23.  2 hours, 1000-1200 AEST. Presenter: Tabitha Merrell.
10th May 2023 Editing and Proofreading
Editing focuses on improving the 'big picture' of your work. It is how you ensure you have fully addressed the task requirements and involves making structural changes to your writing and checking the logic and flow. Proofreading focuses on specific details like spelling, sentence structure, and referencing. Adherence to the processes of continuous editing and final, meticulous proofreading optimizes the chance of refining your own work and improving your writing skills. This workshop offers guidance and practice in both these important aspects of successful research writing and offers practical tips on how you can develop necessary skills and techniques to edit and proofread your own work.  10/05/23, 90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST.  Presenter - Tabitha Merrell
16th May 2023 3MT - Confidence building
This workshop is entrants to the 3MT competition.  A short get-together for final practice and confidence building prior to the competition. 16/05/23, 90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST.  Presenters:  Researcher Development Team and 3MT entrants.
30th May 2023 R Tutorial Series 4 - More advanced regression models (mixed-effect models, glm and gam)
The learning objectives of this unit is for participants to be able to perform analysis of more advanced glm models and analysis of the mixed effect linear models; showcase a few simple examples of generalised additive regression models (gam models). 30/05/23, 2.15 hrs. 1000-1215 AEST. Presenter, John Xie, QCU.
30th May 2023 Structuring and writing journal articles
Many areas of academic life such as finding employment and winning research grants depend on establishing a publication record. However, writing research papers does not come naturally to most of us. This workshop has been designed to assist you in the process of writing an article.  In this workshop, learn how to get the ball rolling including choosing the right journal, what to consider when targeting a relevant journal for publication, how to structure your paper, and how to write effectively to best communicate your argument. We will draw on sample articles from relevant fields to demonstrate journal article writing principles and discuss strategies for dealing with feedback and reviewing your paper.  30/05/23.  2 hours, 1000-1200 AEST.  Presenters:  Emmaline Lear and Holly Randell-Moon.
1st Jun 2023 Supervisor Series, Module 1. Introduction, overview and first session of enrolment
This module introduces supervisors to supervision and asks them to reflect on their own experiences and approaches to supervision and provides an overview of supervision at Charles Sturt University and the wider context of doctoral programmes. The module also looks at candidate recruitment from optimising your supervisory profile to identifying the characteristics of a 'successful' candidate and how best to meet applicant needs and expectations.  Supervisors will also need to complete an I2 self-study unit/s as part of the workshop. Please refer to https://research.csu.edu.au/supervision/professional-development for more information and how to access these.  (01/06/23, 3hrs, 1000-1300 (AEST)  Presenter - Emmaline Lear.
6th Jun 2023 Excel, intermediate
In this Intermediate Excel workshop, participants will learn how to:  Revise the important basics and shortcuts; Work better with data linked to graphs/charts; Sort and manipulate data more easily: change data, split and combine data, etc; Make formulas update automatically when adding new data; Use cell name ranges to create formulas more easily; Group and outline large data to summarise it easily; Manage and copy sheets using shortcuts, calculate totals across sheets and link to files; Format charts better to improve presentation.  What You Receive During Online Session - all participants receive:  a PDF workbook of step-by-step instructions; Interactivity – you can ask and answer questions; Recording of the session for on-demand reviewing later; Support for your questions after the session; Copies of all example files for your own work.  Limited to 20 participants.  06/06/23, 3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST). Presented by Mark Mannering, CLASS.
7th Jun 2023 The Big Picture on Data Analysis and Choice of Statistical Software
This session looks at some interesting questions about statistical data, treatment of raw data, qualitative vs quantitative analysis, why statistical data analysis is unique and more. This session may help you decide which statistical software would best suit your analysis. (07/06/23, 2 hours, 1030-1230 AEST). Presented by John Xie, QCU.
7th Jun 2023 Ethics Café
Completing an Ethics application can be complicated and many applicants miss details or make errors. The committee regularly requests additional information about areas of concern within applications and request resubmissions. The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) are facilitating open sessions where they will work through the application process, what should be included in the research proposal and will address common areas of concern. It’s a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the processes, ask questions and receive good advice, with the aim being to hopefully avoid any need to resubmit. These sessions are open to Researchers, Academics and students who will be submitting an application for research involving human ethics. 07/06/23, 60 mins, 1330-1430 AEST. Presenters: HREC.
8th Jun 2023 Mindful communication: Establishing and maintaining healthy supervision relationships
Supervision relationships are one of the most important forms of support that research candidates receive. When they’re strong, the trust and respect that develops between student and supervisor facilitates honest dialogue and feedback, rich intellectual engagement, positive career development and lasting mentoring relationships. However, when they function poorly or break down, they can become a major source of stress for both parties and leave students feeling particularly isolated and vulnerable.  Focusing on the role that communication skills, boundaries, voice and authority play in this space, the session discusses how to establish and maintain supervision relationships that are honest, comfortable and professionally nourishing for both parties. Drawing on the practices of mindful speech and listening (non-violent communication), we explore your experiences of supervision and workshop solutions to any issues of concern. For Supervisors.  08/06/23.  2.5 hrs. 1000-1230 AEST.  Presenter:  Michelle Jamieson, the Mindful Researcher.
14th Jun 2023 Communicating the impact of your research
A lot of hard work and time goes into conducting research. And then more time and work goes into publishing the results. And yet sadly many papers are never read and many findings are never translated into practice. So how do you communicate effectively about your research and its impact? This is important to fulfil funding obligations, to create further funding and collaboration opportunities, to encourage the application of your findings and for your own career.  In this workshop you will learn strategies for:  Developing a communication strategy; Pitching your message to the your audience; How to make it accessible without dumbing down; Dealing with media; Using new media; Developing your one minute pitch; and Dealing with the discomfort of it all.  For any researcher or research student who wants to better communicate their research.  14/06/23. 2 hrs, 1000-1200 AEST. Presenter - Hugh Kearns, ithinkwell.
20th Jun 2023 Attracting Funding
Attracting funding is an important step towards developing and advancing a successful research program. Research funding success is also a key performance indicator for University researchers. But where do you start, and how do you put together a competitive funding application? In this workshop, aimed at honing grant-readiness and confidence, participants will:  Reflect on the importance of planning for and writing funding proposals; Develop their own strategic funding strategy, considering the idea, team and funding target; Identify aspects of good funding applications as well as common pitfalls to avoid; Learn effective funding application planning and writing strategies; Consider potential application outcomes and next steps (including fostering resilience). 20/06/23, 2hrs, 1000-1200 AEST.  Presenter - Kylie Ball, Indago Academy.
20th Jun 2023 Using Word for Theses (and other long documents) Part 1/2
Over two workshops we will discuss using Microsoft Word for working with long documents such as theses. We focus on how to use Microsoft Word within an academic setting to plan the thesis document, create the document structure, create styles, create a document template, create chapters from the template or apply the template to the existing chapters and finally create a master document.  Theses workshops have been developed to emulate the normal process for working in Word to create and format a long document. 20/06/23, 90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST. Presenter: Tabitha Merrell.
21st Jun 2023 Plain English writing for academics
A workshop highlighting the benefits of writing in plain English and avoiding academic jargon. Includes a list of useful resources for plain English writing. 21/06/23. 60 mins, 1000-1100 AEST). Presenter: Mark Filmer is Charles Sturt's research editor. He has edited hundreds of academic papers. He has a background in print journalism and is a published author.
21st Jun 2023 Using Word for Theses (and other long documents) Part 2/2
Over two workshops we will discuss using Microsoft Word for working with long documents such as theses. We focus on how to use Microsoft Word within an academic setting to plan the thesis document, create the document structure, create styles, create a document template, create chapters from the template or apply the template to the existing chapters and finally create a master document.  Theses workshops have been developed to emulate the normal process for working in Word to create and format a long document. 21/06/23, 2 hours, 1300-1500 AEST. Presenter: Tabitha Merrell.
28th Jun 2023 NVivo
NVivo helps you discover more from your qualitative and mixed methods data. Uncover richer insights and produce clearly articulated, defensible findings backed by rigorous evidence. You can: Import data from virtually any source; Analyze data with advanced management, query, and visualization tools; Ask complex questions of your data to identify themes and draw clear conclusions; Create reports; and Achieve more robust research results in less time.  This course works with a sample dataset, however you are encouraged to work with your own coded dataset if desired (literature or empirical data). If you don't yet have coded data this workshop will give you insight into what is possible when you reach that stage.  As this workshop moves you beyond basic coding with a range of queries to help identify patterns in data, if you are new to NVivo and as a prerequisite to this session, you are required to go through some pre-materials, a link to these is contained in the registration.  28/06/23. 3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST. Limited to 15 participants. Presenter: Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, Adroit Research.
29th Jun 2023 R Tutorial Series 5 - Drawing Graphs and Maps in R
Participants will use R to draw graphs: (1) using basic functions for plotting graphs & changing the look; (2) draw graphs using more advanced R graphics functions; (3) drawing graphs by following the ggplot2 approach; (4) the easiest way to draw maps.  29/06/23.  2.15hrs, 1000-1215 AEST. Presenter - John Xie, QCU.
1st Aug 2023 Excel, advanced
In this Advanced Excel workshop, participants will learn how to:  Create and work with IF functions (IF, COUNTIF, SUMIF, multiple IFs); Create complex ‘nested’ formulas to extract data better; Add new data and have powerful formulas update automatically; Use automated database features and SUBTOTAL functions; Massage data automatically: convert text to numbers, change case, combine columns, etc; Use data validation to prevent data-entry errors; Use conditional formatting for ‘dashboard’ reporting; Apply data-entry protection to data correctly.  What You Receive During Online Session - all participants receive:  a PDF workbook of step-by-step instructions; Interactivity – you can ask and answer questions; Recording of the session for on-demand reviewing later; Support for your questions after the session; Copies of all example files for your own work.  Limited to 20 participants.  01/08/23, 3 hours, 1000-1300 AEST). Presented by Mark Mannering, CLASS.
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